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Sophomore Anderson Earns Spot on USA Shooting Team

Gracin Anderson
Gracin Anderson

Gracin Anderson, a sophomore chemistry major at Lee University, has been selected to the USA Shooting National Junior Team, placing her one step closer to her Olympic dream.

A native of Etowah, Tennessee, Anderson first started skeet shooting in 2012 at the age of 13. In her second year of competing through the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), she won regional, state, and national competitions.

“I decided I wanted to pursue the sport further, which led me to the Olympic path with USA Shooting,” says Anderson, who began shooting International Skeet in the fall of 2013 and shot her first USA shooting competition in the spring of 2014.

This past year, Anderson won gold at the SCTP International Nationals in Colorado Springs and silver at the USA Shooting National Championship, also held in Colorado, thus earning her a spot for another year on the USA Shooting Team. Most recently, she competed in the Championship of the Americas (CAT) Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. While there, she earned her MQS (minimum qualifying score), which is necessary to qualify for an Olympic spot.

“To be on the USA Shooting Team is a huge honor and privilege to not only be able to represent my sport, but also my country all over the world,” says Anderson. “I have always had a desire to be on the Olympic Team as it is the biggest stage for any athlete.”

SCTP provides young people, age nine through college, an opportunity to participate in shotgun shooting sports like trap, skeet, and sporting clays with peers from across the state.
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